Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

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Heating, cooling and water heating

Heating, Cooling and Water Heating

Get the most out of your heating, cooling and water heating systems.

Home Cooling

  • Close shades and drapes during the day to help keep heat out in summer.
  • Clean or replace HVAC air filters monthly.
  • Set your thermostat to 78ºF in summer.
  • Keep your garage door down. A cooler garage in the summer will save money.
  • Monitor your home’s relative humidity in the summer. If it consistently stays in the 60 percent range or higher, ask your HVAC technician about your central air condition unit’s indoor fan speed.

Home Heating

  • Outside your home, caulk around all penetrations including telephone, electrical, cable, gas, water spigots, dryer vents, etc.
  • Keep your garage door down. A warmer garage in the winter will save money.
  • Set thermostats to 68ºF in winter.
  • Ensure attic access door closes tightly and is insulated. 
  • When using the fireplace, turn down your heating system thermostat.

Water Heating

  • Set water heater temperature no higher than 120ºF
  • Install water saving shower heads.
  • Fix dripping faucets.
  • Drain 1-2 gallons from bottom of water heater each year to reduce sediment build up.
  • Take quick showers instead of baths. This greatly reduces the amount of hot water needed.
  • Insulate exposed hot water lines. 
  • Wash clothes in cold water. Use hot water only for very dirty loads. 
  • Light your home at a lower cost and use your appliances and electronics efficiently. 

 

Phantom Loads

Our energy expert describes how phantom loads waste electricity. 

Lighting, appliances and electronics

Lighting, Appliances and Electronics 

Light your home at a lower cost and use your appliances and electronics efficiently. 

Lighting Choices

  • Replace any light bulb, especially ones that are on more than one hour per day, with a light emitting diode (LED) bulb.
  • Replace outdoor lighting with its equivalent outdoor-rated LED bulb. LEDs work well in cold weather.
  • Use fixtures with electronic ballasts and T-8, 32 Watt fluorescent lamps.
  • Use outdoor security lights with a photocell and/or a motion sensor. 
  • Turn off unnecessary lighting.

Appliances

  • Use dishwasher’s air-dry cycle instead of the heat dry cycle to dry dishes.
  • Make sure dryer vent hose is not kinked or clogged.
  • Ensure refrigerator door seals are tight. 
  • Use a slow-cooker instead of simmering foods on the stove. 
  • Regularly defrost refrigerator or freezer to avoid ice buildup. 
  • Only run dishwasher when fully loaded. 
  • Only do full laundry loads. 
  • Clean dryer’s lint trap before each load.
  • Click here to get an estimate of your appliance and electronic energy use and how much it costs to operate specific products 

Electronics

  • Plug electronic devices such as cable boxes, printers and TVs into power strips to turn off during vacations or long periods without use.
  • Unplug battery chargers when not needed
  • Turn computers and monitors off when not in use. 
  • Turn large-screen TVs off completely when not in use. 
  • Enable auto power down feature on gaming consoles. 
  • Request an ENERGY STAR® set-top box from cable or satellite provider. 
  • Turn off pool pumps and heaters when not needed.

 

Common Energy Myths

There are many misconceptions about energy use. 

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